February 12, 2014
Who doesn’t love a good cherry? The men in these stories certainly enjoyed being the one to pop a cherry (or have theirs popped)!
1. The One That Got Away by Rhianne Aile and Madeleine Urban
2. Once in a Lifetime by Ariel Tachna
3. Burning Ashes by H. Lewis-Foster
4. Dignity Takes a Holiday by Rick R. Reed
5. Shying Away by Kate Sherwood
6. Sunrise Over Savannah by Scotty Cade
7. Shiny! by Amy Lane
8. Same Page by Lily Velden
9. Fettered by Lyn Gala
10. Cherries on Top by Rowan McAllister
There have to be more than ten Cherry Cordials out there! Help us complete our list in the comments below.
February 3, 2014
Pilgrimage by Kim Fielding
To return from another world, Mike must complete a pilgrimage and hires Goran as a guard. As Mike learns more about Goran, his goals waver.
Fiscal analyst Mike Carlson is good with spreadsheets and baseball stats. He doesn’t believe in fate, true love, or fantasy. But then a fertility goddess whisks him away to another world. A promise has been broken, and if Mike is ever to return to California—and his comfortable if lonely life—he must complete a pilgrimage to the shrines of a death goddess.
A humiliating event convinces Mike to hire a guard to accompany him, and hunky Goran is handy enough with a sword, if a little too liberal with his ale. A man with no home and no family, Goran is deeper than he first appears. As Mike learns more about Goran, his disbelief wavers and his goals become less clear. Contending with feuding gods, the challenges of the journey, and his growing attraction to Goran, Mike faces a puzzle far harder to solve than simple rows of numbers.
Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Urban Fantasy, Mythology, High Fantasy
Release Date: February 3, 2014
Riding Tall by Kate Sherwood
Joe and Scott rode off into the sunset together, but wake to cold reality, and must find the balance between give and take.
Sequel to The Fall
Joe Sutton and Scott Mackenzie have ridden off into the sunset, but they wake to the cruel light of reality. Joe loves his family, even with the addition of three neighbors orphaned by a house fire. He loves the land that has supported them for generations. While there’s plenty of room left in his heart for Mackenzie, Joe must make room for him in his life.
Tired of taking and determined not to depend on another sugar daddy, Mackenzie returns to modeling in the city, but the wild clubs he once loved aren’t home anymore. Yet things aren’t right back at the ranch either. Joe is no longer the man he knew. Before the love of his life reaches his breaking point, Mackenzie must convince Joe he’s not lazy if he takes a break and not weak if he needs a little help. Finding the balance between give and take might leave them time for happily ever after.
Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Western | Release Date: February 3, 2014
Think Outside the Box by Ellen Holiday
Radio host Ryan refuses to label himself until his relationship with Craig intensifies. He must accept that labels are not a death sentence.
Political radio host Ryan Ryder’s motto is “What I do is none of your business.” He refuses to label himself as liberal, conservative, rich, poor, straight, or gay. Ryan is a great on-air personality, but in daily life he has trouble making connections and feels no attraction to a rising pop star when she comes onto him after a benefit. Reporter Craig Ducey is a fan of Ryan’s who calls Ryan’s radio show to accuse him of being gay. Ryan blows him off on-air, but not before Craig hints at where he’ll be later. Ryan meets him, and their intense one-night stand blows Ryan’s mind.
As their relationship intensifies, Ryan starts to understand why people let society put them in a box. When he finally accepts who he is, he has a big decision to make. He can continue to hide from the truth and risk losing Craig, or learn to think outside the box of his own prejudices, and accept that placing himself into a category may not be the death sentence for individuality he’d once thought.
Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: February 3, 2014
In Trouble with Angels by Felicitas Ivey
Eros leads the Pagan deities to make sure Valentine’s Day runs smoothly, and falls for Shateiel, an angel.
With the increasing commercialization of Valentine’s Day in the 1950s, the Pagan deities of Love, led by Eros, gather to make sure everything runs smoothly. Shy, quiet angel Shateiel offers help, and Eros is quite taken with the cute angel, though he keeps his lust to himself. When the higher-level angels discover Shateiel’s little rebellious streak and how he’s been spending his time, they intervene to keep him from falling from grace. Now, Eros may wish he’d admitted his feeling before it was too late.
A part of the “A Valentine Rainbow” set of 14 holiday stories. Get all 14 stories on Feb. 1 when you purchase the set.
Length: Nap-size Dream (40p.) | Genre: Humor, Paranormal, Angels and Demons, Holiday
Release Date: February 3, 2014
Buy as eBook ($2.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-756-1)
December 16, 2013
The Fall by Kate Sherwood
Scott and Joe have been fighting their growing attraction. Challenges to Scott’s business threaten their budding relationship.
Every relationship leaves something behind. Dumped by his sugar daddy, part-time model Scott Mackenzie somehow ends up owning an abandoned church in rural Ontario. He dreams of using it for gay weddings, even if he’ll never have one of his own.
Joe Sutton is trying to keep his family together after his parents’ deaths. Between the family ranch, his brother’s construction company, and commitments around town, he doesn’t have time for a relationship. But Mackenzie is hard to ignore.
As both men fight their growing attraction, challenges to Mackenzie’s business threaten their relationship. If he can’t make it work, he’ll have to crawl back to the city in defeat. But the only solution involves risking the ranch Joe loves, and each man has to decide how much he’ll sacrifice for the other.
Length: Novel (214p.) | Genre: Western | Release Date: December 16, 2013
Settling the Score by Christopher Koehler
Philip helps Stuart decide between medical school and a spot on the national rowing team, but soon enough, pressure takes its toll.
Stuart Cochrane and Philip Sundstrom make an unlikely pair. Philip’s brother, Brad, can’t imagine his brother with another man, let alone with the coxswain he razzed throughout his college rowing career. But somehow they settle into a relationship that works as Philip helps Stuart navigate the pressures of deciding between medical school and competing for a spot on the national rowing team. In turn, Stuart helps Philip with his problems at work, where he’s faced with a rebellious board of directors.
Yet soon enough, the pressures take their toll. Stuart comes to resent the easy way Philip spends money, while Philip worries about Stuart’s time commitments. He’ll do anything to come to the rescue, including spending his money to grease the rails for Stuart, but Stuart resents the rich so much it drives a wedge between them.
Then Stuart finds himself facing the greatest crisis of his life. There’s only one person he can turn to—but Philip has his own demons to battle in the form of his board trying to frame him for their own unethical actions. Will Philip be able to aid Stuart while he extricates himself from his board’s trap, or will his divided attention cost them both everything that matters?
Length: Novel (320p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: December 16, 2013
April 1, 2013
The Knight by Kate Sherwood
Before the revolution, Adam was a rich idealist and Remy a jaded prostitute. After, they’re still fighting for their lives—and each other. The Knight by Kate Sherwood, available from Dreamspinner Press.
Things were confusing enough before the revolution, when Adam Challoner was a rich idealist and Remy Stone a jaded prostitute. After months of fighting, Adam has risen to become the leader of the continent. Now he’s responsible for feeding his people and holding the country together.
But without a fight, without a purpose, Remy scrambles to find his place in the freedom of the postrevolution world. When his quest takes him away from the capitol, Adam can’t object. Remy was a slave before the revolution—Adam won’t deny him his freedom now.
Then an attempt on Adam’s life brings Remy back to his side. In his new role as bodyguard, Remy keeps his distance, but neither he nor Adam can ignore the connection between them. For them to be together, Remy needs to free himself from the damage inflicted by his past, and Adam has to fight through the restrictions of his present. But as the political situation deteriorates, Adam and Remy once again find themselves fighting for their lives—and for each other.
Play Me, I’m Yours by Madison Parker
Even though Lucas hasn’t come out, his mom and his friend try to set him up with boys—just not the one he wants. Play Me, I’m Yours by Madison Parker, available from Harmony Ink Press.
Fairy Tate. Twinklefingers. Lucy Lu. Will the taunting ever end? Lucas Tate suffers ridicule because of his appearance and sensitive nature. When he’s not teased, he’s ignored, and now he doesn’t know which is worse. His one comfort in life is his music; he feels unloved by everyone. What he wants more than anything is to find a friend.
Much to his dismay, both his mom and a schoolmate are determined to find him a boyfriend, despite the fact Lucas hasn’t come out to them. His mom chooses a football player who redefines the term “heartthrob,” while Trish pushes him toward the only openly gay boy at Providence High. But Lucas is harboring a crush on another boy, one who writes such romantic poetry to his girlfriend that hearing it melts Lucas into a puddle of goo. All three prospects seem so far out of his league. Lucas is sure he doesn’t stand a chance with any of them—until sharing his gift for music brings him the courage to let people into his heart.
August 20, 2012
A challenge might turn two opposites to surrender to the flames of love. Beneath the Surface by Kate Sherwood, available from Dreamspinner Press.
When Peter Carr’s company sends him to Southwestern Ontario to sweet-talk the town into agreeing to a gravel quarry proposal, he welcomes the challenge. Technically he’s a lawyer, but really he’s a problemsolver. He just never expected the problem to be Caleb Sinclair, the passionate but introverted artisan carpenter who lives next to the proposed quarry site.
“Know your enemy.” That’s Caleb’s philosophy. And trying to turn fertile farmland into a gravel pit earns Peter the title of “enemy.” Caleb loves that land, and if he has to make peace with his homophobic neighbors to make war on Peter, so be it. Except knowing his enemy doesn’t turn out anything like he expected. Peter’s not the fairy-tale monster—he just might be the first step to happy ever after.
March 1, 2012
Will Jack choose love over appearances? More Than Chemistry by Kate Sherwood, available from Dreamspinner Press.
Jack Lawson grew up poor and can’t forget it. He’s a huge success in the business world, but it won’t be enough until the image of “poor little Jack” is completely wiped away. When Jack runs into his old friend, Noah Mercier, he decides that Noah’s sister, an up-and-coming movie star, would be the perfect evidence of glamorous success. If Jack can win Hayley, it will be clear to everyone, including himself, that he has truly arrived.
The problem with Jack’s grand plan is that he’s more attracted to Noah. Jack’s never worried about the gender of his conquests, but Noah just isn’t flashy enough for Jack’s scheme to set the world on fire… unless Jack realizes he has practically no control over deciding who he wants—and even less choice in who he needs.
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September 7, 2011
New Tricks by Kate Sherwood
Quinn Donahue’s put in a long, hard day at his lover Aaron Miller’s family horse farm, and he’s looking forward to a hot bath and a good night’s sleep. But that’s before he finds Aaron waiting for him in their dark apartment, apparently in the mood to play a game. Aaron was a virgin when he’d hooked up with Quinn, while Quinn was the furthest thing from innocent. So if Aaron wants to experiment a little, then Quinn feels privileged to play along.
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Length: Short story
April 11, 2011
Will Aaron overcome Quinn’s hesitations and get the man of his dreams? Shying Away (m/m) by Kate Sherwood, available from Dreamspinner Press.
Quinn Donahue will do anyone once, so when Aaron Miller spots Quinn making his moves in a Vancouver gay bar, Aaron thinks he’s found just the guy to relieve him of his unwanted virginity. Quinn, however, has apparently decided to make an exception to his usual open-bed policy. He may be an unrepentant connoisseur of one-night stands, but he’s not going to disappoint a sweet kid like Aaron by giving him a hot night and then leaving while the sheets are still warm.
After Quinn takes a job at Aaron’s family horse farm, Aaron spots both the demons and the decency that drive Quinn’s frequent brush-offs, and it makes Aaron want him even more. But Quinn is determined that Aaron won’t go home with a man who doesn’t deserve him, so he starts sending likely candidates Aaron’s way. It takes a grim act of sacrifice for Aaron to realize exactly why Quinn’s been so skittish, and he’ll have to keep a firm grip on the man of his dreams to keep Quinn from shying away.
February 20, 2011
I had a hard time with the ending for “Rode Hard and Put Away Wet”. Actually, I think I have a hard time with story endings in general. It sounds strange, given the genre in which I’m writing, but I’m really not much of a romantic. It’s hard for me to believe in a fairy tale “Happily Ever After,” and it’s important to me that my writing be believable. So even in my novels, I tend to slip towards “Happy For Now” endings. It’s not that I don’t think my characters stay together – I really believe that they do. I just think that they have to keep fighting for it.
This was really clear to me in the Dark Horse series. (Dark Horse and Out of the Darkness) One of the reasons that I was happy to write as many extras for it as I did (they’re available at my website, www.katesherwoodbooks.com) was because I liked being able to show that the guys were still struggling, but still holding on. So maybe that actually makes me a total romantic. I believe in the power of love. I don’t think it can erase all obstacles, but I believe that it can give people a reason to keep fighting, even through the toughest times.
With “Rode Hard and Put Away Wet” my first ending was “The kid took the towel.” That line’s still in there, but I go on for another five hundred words after it, explaining and elaborating. It’s a bit of a violation of the minimalist cowboy aesthetic that I was going for when I started writing, but I think it makes sense. Even in a short story, people need some degree of closure, right? I might know what was going to happen to the guys after the shower, but that wasn’t quite enough; I had to give the readers at least a bit more to go on. And I know it sounds sort of ostentatiously artsy, but I felt like I had to give the characters a bit more, too. I like both of them, and I don’t want to leave them hanging. So, another five hundred words.
I think I made the right decision, but I’d love to hear what readers think. I’ll be in and out of the blog today, but I can also be reached through my website (address above).
February 20, 2011
Cowboys. Sexy as hell, obviously, but kind of hard to write about, at least for me. My characters like to talk, but the thing I like best about the cowboy ideal is that they’re laconic and stoic. If I was going to write a cowboy, I wanted to make myself write a cowboy.
And them that don’t know him won’t like him and them that do
Sometimes won’t know how to take him
He ain’t wrong, he’s just different but his pride won’t let him
Do things to make you think he’s right.
(“Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys”, by Ed and Patsy Bruce).
But that wasn’t quite enough. Hell, I wanted to write a desperado.
Oh, you’re a hard one
But I know that you got your reasons
These things that are pleasin’ you
Can hurt you somehow.
(“Desperado”, by Glenn Frey and Don Henley.)
I wanted my guy to figure out that he needed to play the queen of hearts, and I wanted him to let somebody love him before it was too damn late!
And I also wanted to keep it short, because if I was given the opportunity, I knew I wouldn’t be able to keep myself from making the poor guy babble on like some character from Dawson’s Creek. I knew I couldn’t do laconic long-term, but I hoped I might make it if I kept things short.
So, I wrote my first short story, “Rode Hard and Put Away Wet”. I’m really pleased with it. Some of my early readers encouraged me to expand it, and turn it into a novella or even a novel, but I didn’t trust myself. I felt like I got it just right, as a short story – any longer, and I was sure I wouldn’t be able to resist the temptation to start babbling.
As always, I’d love to hear what you think. I’ll be in and out of the blog today, or I can be reached through my website at katesherwoodbooks.com.